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Oppo R9s Review,One of a Kind

February 26, 2017


Oppo is a quasi unknown entity if you’re from the US or from Europe. However, this little known company (in the West) already launched a few kick ass models, hence it became increasingly popular especially for the excellent build quality of their devices.

Enter the latest Oppo R9s, a great piece of hardware by any metrics, impeccably built, light, thin and featuring a unique 6 string antenna. However, the design itself is pretty far from original, but then again, a smartphone is hardly a fashion accessory.

Truth be told, aesthetically wise, the Oppo R9s is a copycat of the iPhone, at least the frontal panel.  But since imitation is the highest form of flattery, I have no bones to pick with Oppo in this regard.

To describe the Oppo R9s in a few words, I’d say that it makes  for one of the best smartphones for its sub genre, if I may use the word talking about the 5.5 inches premium mid-ranged droids focused on battery life and camera performance without going full high end.


About the Oppo R9s, the camera is definitely flagship grade, at least on paper, boasting Sony’s latest sensor, featuring Dual Pixel auto-focus, a very bright lens and 4k video recording capability. The 16 megapixels camera on the Oppo R9s runs with the best in the pack, at least per 2016.

To make things even better, the selfie camera on the front has 16 megapixels too, hence it promises a beautiful experience for Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat addicts.

However, under the hood things are not that bright, as Oppo chose to power their R9S with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system on chip, so the flagship resemblance stops here. But they did not get cheap when it comes to memory, as they put a generous 4 GB of RAM on board together with 64 GB of internal storage capacity.

Another flagship grade input is the 5.5 inches wide AMOLED screen, which pairs beautifully with the vibrant ColorOS theme.

As per the bad news, I must mention the “generic” design, which somewhat spoils the excellent build quality of the Oppo R9s, the lack of OIS (optical image stabilization) and, most importantly, the fact that you can find faster droids which pack superior chipsets in Oppo R9s’s price range, but you’ll definitely not find the same build quality, a similar screen or such a great snapper.

There are caveats and caveats folks, it all depends on one’s personal preference. As an all rounder, the Oppo R9s is pretty hard to beat.

Speaking of good things, the Oppo R9s comes with a VOOC fast charger which provides 20 watts of power that  will top off the battery in a jiffy, but without heating up the phone, which is awesome. The chassis is built in an all metal design with a Gorilla Glass insert on the front, while on the back you’ll discover 6 grooves , 3 on top and 3 on the bottom.

To the untrained eye, these look like design elements, and they’re beautiful, but in reality they’re antenna lines.


The AMOLED 1080p full HD display is gorgeaus with amazing contrast and great color reproduction, protected by Gorilla Glass 5, comparable to the LG V20 and better than HTC 10, which is awesome.

Connectivity is well taken care of sans NFC, the rest of the crowd is there: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE and a micro USB 2.0 port. The Oppo R9s is powered by a Li-Po battery which is not user replaceable, with a capacity of 3010 mAh. Due to VOOC, it will get charged from 0 to 64% capacity in 30 minutes flat and it offers an endurance rating of 74 hours.

What’s worth mentioning is the 16 hours of video playback score, which is fantastic. The QsD 625 has 8 low power cores and no high performance ones, built on the 16nm process, while the graphics are taken care of by a medium Adreno 505 GPU. If you’re into high end gaming though, look elsewhere, this is not the droid for you.

The camera is built around a Sony IMX398 sensor and it’s quite impressive considering the price range. Bottom line, this baby really delivers in most departments, being a premium mid ranger with flagships qualities in some essential points, i.e. there’s very little to complain about.



Oppo F1, Beauty on a Budget!

February 5, 2016


The Oppo F1 comes with a pretty cool name, which sounds sporty and cool. You know, F1 usually stands for Formula 1, which means adrenaline,high tech, awesome cars and tremendous speed; however, even if it’s not F1 related, this smartphone deserves some attention, to say the least, and not because of its name.

No, the Oppo F1 it’s not the “official” droid in Formula 1, the 2016 season , sorry to burst your bubble folks. And it’s not a high-end mega-expensive, state of the art performer either.

Actually, it’s pretty far from it, being an exercise in changing the company’s fundamentals and, who knows, maybe its philosophy all together.

Oppo is a relatively unknown company in the Western world, kind of a curiosity to tell you the truth, and the F1 plays in the mid-range category, boasting a cool design and a very decent price tag.

Oh no, you said, not another teen movie? Strike that, not another mid-range droid? I mean, there’s like a plethora of droids on the market, why buy an Oppo F1 instead of a, I don’t know, a Nexus?

Well, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind. Translated into the parlance of our times, if you don’t want to blow your money away on expensive smartphones from “reputable” (pun intended) companies, Oppo offers you a cheaper solution which does all the other smartphones do, but without all the bells and whistles and marketing and…yeah, the hefty price tag.


Oppo F1 is a pretty cheap fella, an excellent choice for us, chickens, who have a tight budget but we’re “fashion conscious” and yet, oh so practical.

What in God’s name am I blathering about, you asked? Well, stick with me and I’ll tell you everything there is to know about this baby, right after the break!

Let’s begin with the basics: who is  Oppo F1?

Basically, what we’re dealing with here is a beautiful Android running smartphone, with a chassis built entirely from metal and featuring an unibody design, just like the best out there.

A very nice looking piece of gear, I’ll give it that, and provided the price tag of approximately $250 (contract free), I can safely assume that it’s pretty okay.

But what makes it different from the others, except for the looks and the relatively cheap price tag? Well, the F1 is a selfie-monster, offering you an absolutely outstanding selfie-experience, if you’re into that obviously. That’s due to the highly-unusual front-camera, an eight megapixels snapper featuring an aperture of f/2.0. Highly unusual, isn’t it folks?

Hence, this is a fashion conscious droid, both in terms of design and capabilities, deliberately built and designed to satisfy the ubiquitous vanity which imbibes the fabric of our modern day society. I know, it sounds pretty deep and philosophical, but I’m getting tired of people posting pictures with themselves, their dinners, their cats and what not.

Ranting aside, the Oppo F1 is an absolute Selfie Expert, and if you want to make all your Facebook friends green with envy, well, look no further, this is the smartphone of your dreams, and then some.

Besides a high quality front-facing camera, the F1 offers a metal body (I think I already told you about that), a hybrid dual SIM or Micro SD slot, a five inches wide display featuring HD resolution 720p and a respectable 294 pixels per inch density, 16 GB of internal memory, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 system on chip with 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixels (main) camera and a 2500 mAh battery.


As you can see for yourself, the tech platform is pretty average and there’s nothing to write home about.

However, the built quality is pretty good and the display shines for a 2013 smartphone. I mean, we’re in 2016, for $250 you should expect a full HD unit, right?

Oppo sais no, you’ll get stuck with 720p. Even if this is not a deal breaker, the quality of the panel might be. I could live with a 720p if the image quality would be awesome, but unfortunately, the Oppo F1 disappoints in this regard. Massively, as my cat used to say before I neutered it.

Battery wise, the phone will last you for approximately 2 days on a full charge or 12 hours of talk-time.

The performance is where it should be, given the tech platform, i.e. the F1 behaves as a mid-range droid should, running on an eight-core CPU, clocked at 1.7 Ghz, Cortex A-53 and all that. The Android experience is there in all its grandeur and beauty, and the smartphone moves seamlessly between applications and (not very demanding) games.

The camera though is a completely different thing, as this baby is built around it (them actually).

The main 13 MP shooter features phase detection autofocus and Oppo worked hard for delivering all sorts of software gizmos, effects and novelties to keep you busy. And I was pleasantly impressed by the quality of the pictures, especially given the price tag of this phone.

In conclusion, if you’re on the prowl for a metal-made droid with high-end looks, mid-range prices (and performance) and a Hell of a camera, the Oppo F1 may be the one, who knows…just take it for a test drive.